Early Victorian Plate - Howarth? Can anyone help clarify?

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Early Victorian Plate - Howarth? Can anyone help clarify?

Post by Beege on October 19th 2018, 5:56 pm

Hi all.
I'm not sure if I'm in the correct section for this, but here goes...
This rather twee plate is signed and dated on the back and has (presumably) the artist's initials to the bottom right of the decoration.
I think the date reads 1835 and the factory (written) says '? + B Howarth'.
The artist's initials appears to be 'MFN'.
Does anybody recognise the factory/artist?
Thank you.
Jack


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Post by NaomiM on October 19th 2018, 7:49 pm

Here is fine.
It looks like a bought in blank that has been hand decorated. There was a great fad for such things back then, driven by a store that held regular competitions and inspired such a craze for it that they had thousands of entries every year and it was lampooned in the papers. I had a painted plaque with a similar date which had been awarded a prize by them; i thought I had posted a thread about it but im not finding it. Iíll see if I can dig up the details.

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Post by Beege on October 19th 2018, 10:37 pm

Thanks Naomi, thats interesting. So presumable the paint is just applied to the ready-made plate: does this mean that such plates were not subsequently 'fired to fix the decoration?
Let me know if you find the thread.
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Post by NaomiM on October 19th 2018, 11:34 pm

It was Howell & James exhibitions. I canít find the thread on this forum so Iíll repost on a new one

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Post by NaomiM on October 20th 2018, 12:54 am

Iíve posted the Howell and James thread. Realised they were a bit later than your plate but I think itís the same sort of thing; done for a hobby decoratorís Competition, hence the space for the date on the back. I assume the china manufacturers would fire them for the hobbyists

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